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John S. Stende, West Fargo, Published February 16 2013

Letter: ‘Well regulated’ extends to all

In the wake of the Sandy Hook killings, much of the debate over gun control has focused on the Second Amendment. As I read it, this second of our Bill of Rights applies to state militias. However, recent Supreme Court rulings have extended this right to all of us, and their rulings are law.

The Supreme Court can interpret, but they cannot change the wording of our Constitution, therefore. when they extended the right to all, it follows that the term “well regulated” extends to all.

Arguing against gun control using the Second Amendment as a basis is not valid. Gun control regulations are not a violation, but rather they are constitutionally mandated by the phrase “well regulated.”

Regulations may not have stopped the Connecticut tragedy, but they very well might have lessened its impact.

I urge Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R.-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., to support the president’s call for control.